UK Car Production Down 95 Percent In May As Factories Start To Reopen

It’s the lowest May output since 1946.

UK car manufacturing facilities remained quiet in May despite production officially restarting at various factories. That’s the story told by new figures from the country’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which show last month’s output was down 95 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

May 2020 was the industry’s worst May since 1946, with just 5,314 cars rolling off British production lines – a 95.4 percent drop compared with the 116,035 that were built in May 2019. That said, the figure does represent a sizeable increase on the 197 cars built in April this year, when the coronavirus lockdown was at its most stringent.

Coronavirus: The Aftermath

Even though some factories restarted production last month, including Bentley’s Crewe plant and Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, they were still operating at a fraction of their normal capacity. According

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Collector Car Appreciation Day Set For July 10

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It’s time to mark your calendars and make some plans.

As the coronavirus lockdowns are lifting and car enthusiasts are looking to socialize once more, everyone should keep in mind the upcoming Collector Car Appreciation Day being organized by SEMA, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization, and Hot Rod Industry Alliance. Set for July 10, 2020, this will be the 11th annual celebration of automotive restoration and collecting. In other words, you should start figuring out how you want to observe this important date.

Officially, the date of the 2020 Collector Car Appreciation Day was announced back on December 19, 2019. However, considering the past few months have felt like a few years of chaos for many, you’re completely forgiven for not remembering.

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day. Different automotive-related businesses will be doing

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Lego built a functioning Ducati motorcycle out of 15,000 building blocks

Lego built a fully functional Ducati motorcycle out of 15,000 Lego blocks. 

The Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R is a project by Lego Italia and Ducati. Designer Riccardo Zangelmi spent 400 hours building the motorcycle by hand. Zangelmi has been a brick artist for years but the Lego replica is kind of a masterpiece. It also marks the artist’s first time using Lego Technic. 

“Taking part in this project of LEGO Italia and Ducati was the most exciting professional challenge I’d ever faced. It pushed me well beyond any limit and I succeeded by crossing the finishing line as part of a team,” Zangelmi said in a statement

Lego Technic is the company’s line of plastic rods and parts that allow users to create more advanced designs. The range doesn’t just include new shapes, but new functionality with gearboxes and steering systems. 

In the Ducati, the Technic elements

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Car Upgrades You Should Never Spend Your Money On

When you’re buying a new car, you might be tempted to spring for one of the upgrades from the laundry list that your dealer will try to sell you on. Or, you might want to make an aftermarket modification to your vehicle to upgrade the base model you purchased.

While some upgrades are worth the money, others are not. These upgrades either flat out don’t work, offend the senses, lower a car’s resale value or even make the car more dangerous to drive. In case you’re thinking of modifying your ride, here are 27 car upgrades you should steer clear of.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

1. A Massive Rear Wing

Unless you commute to work in a Formula 1 race car, avoid this car modification. Because whatever the race car driver in you might think, it does not look cool, said Matt Degen, senior associate editor for Kelley

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